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Relative Clauses with Whose

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Let’s practise making sentences with “whose.”

Whose is a relative pronoun. Other relative pronouns are: who, which, and that.

relative pronouns

by Leonard Bentley

You need a relative pronoun if you want to combine two sentences.

For instance:

Suppose you have the two following sentences:

1 The boy won the poetry contest.

2 Both his parents are poets.

Combination: The boy, whose parents are both poets, won the poetry contest.

 

What is Whose, actually?

“Whose” means “of who” or “of which.” It means that something belongs to someone or something. So it indicates a possessive. You may use whose for people, animals or things.

 

Another example:

1 The shop is in Brown Street.

2 Its entrance is in Park Street.

Combination: The shop, whose entrance is in Park Street, is in Brown Street.

 

And another example:

1 I saw the cat in the garden.

2 Its tail is orange.

Combination: I saw the cat, whose tail is orange, in the garden.

 

Last example:

1 Lester moved to the telephone company.

2 Their service was the best.

Combination: Lester moved to the telephone company whose service was the best.

 

Now you have a try!

Exercise

Make sentences that combine a and b, using “whose.”

1 a Anna-Lee picked the candidate for the job.

b His personality seemed friendly and generous.

Combination: _________________________________________________________

2 a I like those flowers.

b Their colours remind me of summer.

Combination: _________________________________________________________

3 a We chose a holiday cottage from the catalogue.

b Its ad read: “Light and sunny, with big garden.”

Combination: _________________________________________________________

4 a Mother threw away the chair.

b Its back was broken.

Combination: _________________________________________________________

5 a We greatly admire Keith.

b His successful career spanned 40 years.

Combination: _________________________________________________________

6 a (hard!) Those nasturtiums are doing really well in the garden.

b We cut off the faded flower heads.

Combination: _________________________________________________________

7 a Do you mean Marie?

b Her father is a police officer.

Combination: _________________________________________________________

8 a Undoubtedly you’ve heard of George Orwell.

b His most famous book is “1984.”

Combination: _________________________________________________________

9 a This afternoon I will be helping Trisha.

b Her bike has been lost.

Combination: _________________________________________________________

10 a You should speak about this with Jon.

b His number is 020-7000005.

Combination: _________________________________________________________

 

You can check the answers at the bottom of this page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers: 

1 Anna-Lee picked the candidate for the job whose personality seemed friendly and generous.

2 I like those flowers whose colours remind me of summer.

3 We chose a holiday cottage from the catalogue, whose ad read: “Light and sunny, with big garden.”

4 Mother threw away the chair whose back was broken.

5 We greatly admire Keith, whose successful career spanned 40 years.

6 Those nasturtiums, whose faded flower heads we cut off, are doing really well in the garden .

7 a Do you mean Marie, whose father is a police officer?

8 Undoubtedly you’ve heard of George Orwell, whose most famous book is “1984.”

9 This afternoon I will be helping Trisha, whose bike has been lost.

10 You should speak about this with Jon, whose number is 020-7000005.

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